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A Prince on Paper

(Reluctant Royals #3)

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The Reluctant Royals series returns with a good girl searching for the life that’s not too big, and not too small, and the bad boy prince who might be just right for her…

Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds
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ebook, 384 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Avon
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Melanie
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

#1.) A Princess in Theory
#2.) A Duke by Default
#2.5) Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

My fave of the series yet! RTC <3

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Buddy read with Fadwa ~ فدوى from Word Wonders!
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Silvia
Dec 13, 2018 marked it as 0-own-tbr
Shelves: 2019-april
These covers are a blessing/curse to my bisexuality
Lauren (The Novel Lush)
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, own-voices
I mean, it’s 1 am and I have to get up in 4 hours for work, but no regrets! This series just gets better and better! A full review will come closer to release date but this book features some real LOL moments, and MULTIPLE LGBTQIA+ characters, plus some really nuanced relationships and interactions! I HAVE to read Once Ghosted Twice Shy tomorrow ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I can't even tell you how much I wanted to love this book, with that cover (to die for!) and all of that fabulous diversity rep, but, like the others in the Reluctant Royals series, it fell short for me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole, but I wanted to gush about it and I didn't get to that place.

I started off really enjoying the story. I live for a princess-fantasy story, and I also love an aloof bad boy (though that really isn't even the male MC), so the book
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Lea (drumsofautumn)
bookstagram picture of the prince on paper cover on an ipad

Alyssa Cole has done it again, another incredible novel in the Reluctant Royals series!

“He'd spent so long running from love at full tilt that when he'd finally tripped and fell, his momentum made it swift and unstoppable.”

The third novel in this series has everything you already love from the first two. A beautifully developed romance, amazing sex scenes, a storyline that goes much deeper than you'd expect, with some really timely topics and of course a good portion of humour.

Although I'd
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Trina (Between Chapters)
I think this is my favorite of the main 3 books! I loved the dynamic of the playboy prince with a heart of gold that only the heroine can soften.
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
I really, REALLY wanted to like this one, but this is NOT a standalone romance. There’s lots of characters that are from previous books and I stopped about 20% in because I just felt a bit lost with the story. I’m not a fan of the princess diaries trope either so maybe that had something to do with it. But that cover is just

Overall, I think this would be a winner for those who love princess romances and you’re up to date with this series.
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chan ☆
Feb 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, on-pause
not DNFing but pausing

for some reason i thought these were standalones, and maybe they are advertised that way but i gotta say i was really confused with all of the characters are the beginning. i'm almost 100% positive that all of the side characters were from book 1 and 2 and i'm sure had i read those books i would have fallen into this book immediately.

but honestly my confusion grew and my enjoyment was middle of the road because of it. i have a feeling i could really love this book but i
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Gah, I feel like a dick for not liking this book more because it's entertaining and light and fluffy af, but it also reads like an iPhone game or like Princess Diaries 5 or something like that. A Princess in Theory trended a bit silly for me, but this one's SO MUCH MORE. And I love fluffy and silly, but when you try to do a serious monarchy overthrow plot that legit involves people painting graffiti on the palace like in The Selection, I just can't deal. And it reads like the dating romance ...more
Elley Murray
She plays dating sims and he's obsessed with fairy tales - how am I not going to love this book?! A Prince on Paper is my absolute favorite in a series of amazing books. I feel like I've loved each subsequent book more than the last, and I loved this one so much it was physically painful (to my heart).

I was so excited to finally get Nya's book. She's been an intriguing character to me every since A Princess in Theory, and then I loved her emerging and finding herself in bits and pieces (as seen
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Kristen
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arcs
i really liked the first in this series but LOVED the second one. i had high hopes for this one. i love alyssa cole's writing. before i get too far into the review i just want to say she has been killing it with the covers lately - this one is absolutely stunning. love it.

ok, on to the book. i liked it. i liked it a lot. johan was such a sweetie and i wanted to squeeze his cheeks. i *loved* getting his pov, all of his thoughts. seriously, so adorable. i really liked nya - she was inexperienced
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Tia
Actual rating is 3.5. I had a few issues with the story. I'm sure my issues are due to age.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review

Original review posted on my blog : Word Wonders

CW: Abusive father, discussion of parental death, on page sex.

*flailing* *squealing* *swooning* THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD I WANT TO CRY! No but seriously, A Prince on Paper turned out being so different from everything I expected to be but…for the better. It was so soft and tender and gentle, the kind of romance books that makes you tear up and want to
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Lover of Romance
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

*May Contain Spoilers*

A Prince on Paper is the third full-length installment in the Reluctant Royals series and I am not sure if this author plans on more books in this series, but if not I have adored every moment in reading these books and I love the humor and endearing qualities that we have
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ambsreads
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
getting an arc of this lowkey made me scream.
full review to come.
Alissa
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
2.5 stars. I liked the main characters, but they fell short of convincing.

I call it quits with Alyssa Cole, and with regret because I like the cast of Recluctant Royals, the topics discussed in the stories, the persiflage, even the human flaws portrayed. I mean, romance with interesting tales and fun moments! Still, I can't seem to fully enjoy her novels.

Definitely it's just me and this is the third book of the series I read, so I'm aware there is something compelling here but I end up feeling
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Acqua
Apr 25, 2019 marked it as dnf-lost-interest
I'm putting this down and probably not going back to it.
It's just - the way the prince's bilingualism is written is really awkward and it's making me think about all the things I don't like to think about while reading something that is supposed to be fun

I don't want to think about Complicate Language Feelings while reading romance.
Zoe Stewart (yerabooknerdzoe)
I think this may be my favourite one in the series! Everything about it was perfect, and the way a character coming out as nonbinary was portrayed and handled by the other characters was amazing. I'm so happy to see accepting someone's pronouns without question being normalized in fiction, especially in romance. I could see myself rereading the whole series on a yearly basis.
Maria Rose
Whenever I read a romance by Alyssa Cole I think ‘okay, this one is my favorite!’ – and then she writes another book. That’s been my experience with The Reluctant Royals series, novellas included, and her most recent addition about two people used to hiding their innermost selves is a delightful, emotionally satisfying story of unexpected love.

Nya Jerami thought that New York City and an lifestyle opposite to her stifling upbringing in Thesolo would be her chance to express her true self only to
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Veronique
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stars-4-0, romance, r2019
Third instalment in this Reluctant Royals series.

I really like how Cole weaves together a light romance, with extremely likeable characters, while bringing to the fore very interesting and indeed important topics, from LGBTQIA to mental health. Right, off finding the novellas now :O)
Lacey
July 4, 2019, review: (I didn't realize this had been marked read already. THANKS, KINDLE!)

Still love this book and this whole series. I keep finding new stuff to love about it with each reread. This go-around got me especially hyped for Shanti and Sanyu's story. We know something wonky is going on between them and I. Want. Details.

May 1, 2019, review: Of course I was going to reread this once it was released. I love, love, love this book. Nya's character development and growth after dealing
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Bethany
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, steamy, and socially relevant are accurate descriptors for the Reluctant Royals series, and A Prince on Paper is no different! This installment features a fake engagement between Nya (a nerdy, shy woman working to overcome her traumatic past from the African nation of Thesolo) and Johan (a European playboy prince with a heart of gold managing his own trauma). In some ways this feels like the most dramatic and emotionally intense book of the series, yet Cole maintains a light touch with ...more
Jennifer Koudelka
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Spoilers for book 1 in this trilogy, A Princess in Theory.

It bums me out that I didn't like A Prince on Paper as much as I thought I would. In the previous two books, Prince Johan in particular was a very interesting periphery character. He'd present a front to the public, but more central characters would imply that there's more to him than what we were being show, that there's reasoning for his outlandish antics. Nya also was super interesting, having her father being the one who poisoned
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Jeanne
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore Nya, and her love of dating sims. I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen them portrayed in a Western book. I love how the book digs deep into her father’s gaslighting and abuse of her without making him a two dimensional villain.

Johan is my kryptonite. Handsome playboy with a heart of gold AND A TEDDYBEAR! How dare? On paper he fits the rich, snarky, alpha male trope, but here he’s given dimension and complexity, and a healthy respect for consent. Thank the gods! Oh did I mention
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Bri
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable and swoon-worthy addition to the Reluctant Royals series. Things I liked:
-the FOREPLAY—Johan knows his way around a woman’s body.
-the NB rep. I’m a cister, so I can’t speak on the accuracy of Lukas’s experience, but I’m glad to see gender being discussed so openly.
-the salient connection between trauma and chronic illness. Nya’s dad sucks.
-when Nya asked Johan “is your grandma racist?” #QTNA

Things I didn’t like include Johan randomly punching that one guy, the fact that Nya
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Although this is unfortunately my least favourite of Cole's Reluctant Royals romance series, I still enjoyed it. Prince Johan's non-binary younger sibling was the best part. I'm not into the playboy/experienced guy and the inexperienced woman dynamic, which is one of the main reasons Nya and Johan didn't really do it for me as a couple. I also normally like the fake relationship trope, but in this book I didn't find it interesting or believable.

In general very good audiobook narration, but the
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Robin
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I could like this book more than I liked the previous one, but I was wrong. This series just keeps getting better and better.
PoligirlReads
Ugh, it pains me to have to give this book only two stars (really, it's a 2.5), but one must do what one must do. I usually love Alyssa Cole's writing, but this is...this is...this is not good, that's what this is. Not good. It reads like a woke Public Service Announcement instead of a romance. I kept waiting for a shooting star to glide across the page and to hear the trill of "The more you know!"

And the frustrating thing is, one the best aspects of Cole's writing, beside having an incredible
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Robyn
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Alyssa Cole can do no wrong, truly. I loved this, and Johan and Nya too.
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Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including ...more

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